Legendary shearer retires

LAST TIME: David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home-town of Te Kuiti in early April.

David Fagan reckons he's had a pretty good innings. And you can't argue that.

Top of their game

FAMILY BUSINESS: Southland deer focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift production from their weaner deer.

Southland Deer Focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift deer production at The Rock.

Tractor connects with rural community

TALKING POINT: A tractor decorated in police colours drew crowds at the Northland Field Days.

An iconic kiwi symbol was given a police blue and yellow make-over for this year’s major farming event.

Tough competition for Glammies

HIGH HOPES: Waikaka Valley farmer Don Morrison with his Growbulk lamb which is a finalist in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards.

Will Southland farmer Don Morrison take out the coveted Golden Lamb Awards title again?

Fire at kiwifruit packhouse

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Part of one of New Zealand's largest kiwifruit packhouses has been completely destroyed by fire.

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opinion

Editorial: Raising superann age a tough call

Big banks will resist moves to make compulsory comprehensive credit reporting.

National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.

There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.

Desperate for a drop to drink

Just how far can Overseer be trusted?

Fieldays

Agri-tech firms show their wares

Central Districts Field Days at Manfeild Park last year.

A line-up of companies will go in front of investors at Central Districts Field Days next week.

Wood chopping a favourite

Competition will be at the cutting edge and records may be broken when axemen gather next week.

GREAT DAY OUT: Six-year-old Jayden Holdaway of Fielding has a go at the mini tractor pull run last year.

Best day off the farm all year

Visitors come from far and wide to make the Central Districts Field Days a great family day.

dairy

Farmer avoids jail over eco offences

Tuamarina dairy farmer Philip Woolley

Marlborough farmer called New Zealand's "most recidivist" offender, narrowly escapes stint in jail.

Infant formula maker profit dives

China's Beingmate, in which Fonterra is set to take a key stake, sees profit slide 91pc.

Annual milk production in Australia has doubled to 9.3 million litres in 30 years despite a steady dairy cow population.

Drive to export milk questioned

NZ's constant drive to produce more export milk could be self-defeating, dairy farm syndicate manager says.

advice

Dealing with heat stress in horses

Heat stress leads to dehydration in horses.

Nutrition is an important factor in how horses cope with heat.

The journey to recovery

Farming transformation guru Doug Averyis has a new weapon against rural depression, farming calamities and under-performance.

The Queensland Fruit Fly.

'Only most vicious insecticides will work'

Ruud Kleinpaste explains what home gardeners need to know about the Queensland fruit fly

aquaculture

Fish project disputed

Hand feeding in the NZ King Salmon hatchery at Takaka. The Nelson-based company is leading a new $5.2m public/private salmon feed research programme.

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Pelorus marine farm gains extension

A marine farm in the Pelorus Sound has been granted an extension despite opponents saying it would create a race for space.

Commercial Dump of Fish

'It was leakage' video

About 45 kilograms of fish were lost as a result of 'leakage', not deliberate dumping, a commercial fishing company says.

beef

Changing guard at Smedley

SEEKING NEW CHALLENGES: Terry and Judy Walters were only nine years older than the oldest cadet at Smedley when they started as managers.

With the farm cadet training scheme in good heart after 19 years, the station's managers are keen to take up a new challenge.

Strategic location move pays off

Angus stud breeders Steve and Jenny Herries took their shop window to a high-traffic area.

GREEN GREEN HILLS OF HOME: Increasing pasture and forage growth boosts farm profitability.

Boosting pasture makes sense

We all know the old adage ­ you get out what you put in ­ and nowhere is that more evident on a daily basis than on the farm.

Sheep

Farmers cutting losses

Sheep wander around a dry paddock in the Awatere Valley.

Animals are being sold to slaughter houses at nearly half their ideal weight as farmers cut their losses after a long hot summer.

Tough competition for Glammies

Will Southland farmer Don Morrison take out the coveted Golden Lamb Awards title again?

LAST TIME: David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home-town of Te Kuiti in early April.

Legendary shearer retires

David Fagan reckons he's had a pretty good innings. And you can't argue that.

cropping

Fire at kiwifruit packhouse

Allow four years for the plants to begin producing.

Part of one of New Zealand's largest kiwifruit packhouses has been completely destroyed by fire.

Canned asparagus source causes stink

Heinz Wattie's has not totally canned the New Zealand asparagus industry, a Hawke's Bay grower says.

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Manuka trial has eye on the money

Manuka plantations could be a viable money earner for marginal Waikato hill country.

agribusiness

Esler exit paves way for change

LEAVING: Farmlands chief executive Brent Esler is stepping aside.

5:00 AM  For the past 20 years, he has been merging farmer co-ops. Now Brent Esler is leaving Farmlands by 'mutual agreement'.

Top of their game

Southland Deer Focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift deer production at The Rock.

EXPORT RISK: The Queensland fruit fly poses a serious risk to fruit and vegetable exports

Another fruit fly trapped

Officials have now trapped 14 of the dangerous fruit flies.

Discovery

Helping grow the 'golden goose'

Dairy SolutioNZ chief executive Derek Fairweather at his lifestyle block home south of Hamilton with his bull and heifers bred for heat tolerance.

New Zealand knows how to produce large amounts of animal protein cheaply.

Mutual gains from project

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagged stock have added value - NAIT

Tagging and registering all cattle and deer will be a significant boon to farmers and the NZ economy, says system's administrators.

rural women

Dairy women look to future

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Keri Johnston is a supreme winner of the Enterprising New Zealand Rural Women Awards with business partner Haidee McCabe.

Environment plan template gets big tick

Meeting tighter environmental regulations has just got easier for Canterbury farmers.

Video

$50m inflatable dome

A 33 metre high dome appeared on Timaru's waterfront this morning.

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